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president or plausible first-round loser. each would be more comfortable -- vane west van karzai karzai. --than karzai. he had been the king of afghanistan's personal physician. well-known here. he's to work in washington for the world bank. he was the finance minister and moved back after the fall of the taliban. they are all familiar with the west. even visitors like myself have had the chance to get to know all three of them. that part is promising. american forces to stay. they know they need help. they are less caught up in some of the back-and-forth that president karzai has had with the obama white house. they're going to have their challenges. a promisingit is top three. cnn is reporting a very heavy security presence. despite the threat by the taliban, that did not deter people from voting. the fingers were dipped in purple ink. we did see some of the violence with the death of the photographer that was killed on friday. guest: there have been some high-profile assassinations in the weeks. they figured out that al qaeda did not get support when they bombed schools. of the talib
-- vane west van karzai karzai. --than karzai. he had been the king of afghanistan's personal physician. well-known here. he's to work in washington for the world bank. he was the finance minister and moved back after the fall of the taliban. they are all familiar with the west. even visitors like myself have had the chance to get to know all three of them. that part is promising. american forces to stay. they know they need help. they are less caught up in some of the back-and-forth that president karzai has had with the obama white house. they're going to have their challenges. a promisingit is top three. cnn is reporting a very heavy security presence. despite the threat by the taliban, that did not deter people from voting. the fingers were dipped in purple ink. we did see some of the violence with the death of the photographer that was killed on friday. guest: there have been some high-profile assassinations in the weeks. they figured out that al qaeda did not get support when they bombed schools. of the taliban has gone after high profile legal targets. that is who they have wante
. a journal considered too dangerous for him. he is seen as hamid karzai's chosen successor. the karzai government will be very well-known for a long time for horrendous levels of corruption. you were part of that. what will you do that differently? >> i think i -- first of all i have not been involved in crumb shun issues, and the fact that i have been involved i know what is happening, i know which kind of things we should do to correct this. i want to put this experience that i got in the service of the afghan people. >> reporter: while foreign minister, karzai refused to sign a bilateral agreement with the u.s. throwing the relations with the u.s. into crisis. >> the [ inaudible ] of afghanistan and the united states are solid. we have problems. the problems happen with difference. i was personally involved in drafting it from the afghan side. i believe that the national interest of afghanistan has been interested, and it is in the interest of afghanistan and the united states, and i'm hopeful that this will be signed soon. >> reporter: in the city speeches are heard by thousands of
over hamid karzai. despite threats of violence, there has been a steady flow of voters turning up at polling stations. it represents the first democratic transfer of power. the encincumbent, hamid karzai,s been in power for 12 years. eight candidates campaigned. including abdullah abdullah, who ran in 2009 but lost. another is ashraf ghani ahmadzai, a formier finance minister and world bank figures. and zalmai rassoul, serving as foreign minister, and has been one of hamid karzai's closestal lies. >> well, many afghan came out to vote, despite the threat of violence. here is what some had to say? >> i voted for the welfare of my country, the future and the rebuilding. i'm happy, and now i'm going back. >> as an afghan woman, i've come to cast my vote. i ask all afghan women to come and vote. >> the police are providing us with security. happily we have dom cast our votes. >> if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, a second round must be held between the two top contenders. results will not be known until mid may. the new president is unlikely to be in place before july and
million votes cast in the election. millions turned out to choose a successor for president hamid karzai. he's been in power for 13 years. for whoever wins, they need to decide whether to sign an agreement to allow 10,000 u.s. soldiers to stay in afghanistan. >> the queue started forming well before the polling stations opened. despite the threats to tart the election, people wanted to vote. in afghanistan's 5,000-year history, this election marks the first democratic transfer of power. people here have been eager to seize the chance. >> we don't care about the threat, you can see everyone coming here. for me, i don't have any kind of work. 12 million people were eligible to vote. in parts of the country where the taliban held sway polling stations were sold. >> this is the scene, people queueing up after going through a security check. they dip their finger in ink, they pick up the ballot papers, go into the privacy of the booth, cast their vote and cast the ballot in the box. the blue one is for the presidential election, the clean from the provincial. there are eight canned dats. the
coming out of the country, but i think it's also the result of president karzai and his continuous criticism of american policies there despite the massive amount of assistance in blood and treasure the u.s. has spent there, but the white house has been reluctant to talk about the war and really spell out for the american people what is at stake, so i think all of these combined have led to the dismal view about afghanistan. the point is with these elections we have an opportunity to reframe the debate, and we can focus on what is right about the u.s. mission in afghanistan and what has been accomplished. i think this is a good time for the white house to be clear that it is willing to leave at least 10,000 forces after 2014 in the country, assuming the new president or perhaps a minister in the karzai administration signs the bsa. our u.s. commander in afghanistan general dunford has said at least 10,000 forces are necessary to advise and train afghan forces, and i think the white house has favored a smaller u.s. footprint, which may appeal to american domestic opinion, but it rea
by the president, people are worried about how resident karzai has tried to influence the membership or their approach. but the last time around they took their jobs seriously. i was an election observer in 2009 and 2010. threw not the ones that out one million ballots that were deemed ultimately to be fraudulent. it was the afghans themselves who found that fraud, and took remedy. and they will do it again, i am fairly optimistic. we have to see how that plays out. we fully worry about how much fraud that there was, or how this should be addressed, we have to give these independent electoral commissions in afghanistan time to do things like check and see if every single vote in a given place was made with the same kind of handwritten mark, that is the indicator that there was cheating. to throw the power away all of those ballots, and that is what they did last time, and that is what i think they will be trying to do in the coming weeks as necessary. host: kevin denver said, how will the afghans continue their support without dollars from the u.s.? guest: they will need some dollars
into a second round. >> how would that take place? >> it happen in 2009. karzai was leading. >> they thought it would be corrupt. >> he had his reasons. the constitution allows for that to happen. >> what is your judgment on karzai? >> he has squandered opportunities for this country, for afghanistan. he has ruined a lot of good relationships, like your country. >> he has ruined a lot of good relationships, including your country. history will be good to him. an absolute terms, the country has changed dramatically prefer people like us who have been privy to so much more he could've made a huge difference to the country's economy, to its structure. those opportunities were squandered. he will have read it for the smooth political transition. he did not take sides. he has been fairly neutral. he helped every candidate. he was very inclusive. >> what is his future? >> i think he wants -- it is difficult to walk away from power. he wants to be of use. he may work on a peace deal with the taliban. i don't know. >> tell the story of when you were at the society, richard holbrook was there, and yo
the forgotten war. tomorrow, millions of afghans will vote in a landmark election to name hamid karzai's successor, and when they do, the nation will brace for a critical test to watch to see if the first true transfer of power can actually take place. a test that, if successful, could help ease concerns about whether america's longest war was truly worth it. voting starts in less than 14 hours. some 200,000 afghan forces will fan out nationwide to try to secure about 7,000 major polling locations around the country. the taliban has tried to undermine this election by launching a series of attacks in and around kabul, as well as threatening election-related activities. about 10% of the polling stations are expected to be closed due to security concerns. now, to ensure that the vote is credible, afghan's independent election commission has registered more than 200,000 monitors to help oversee that process. that's right. 200,000 monitors. although it's unclear how many of those monitors will actually show up today. the goal, though, is to avoid a repeat of 2009 when it seemed as if karza
for democracy. >> warner: there were three frontrunners all bidding to replace president karzai, who was term-limited after 12 years. his favorite candidate is thought to be zalmay rassoul, a 70-year-old former foreign minister. ashraf ghani, a former world bank official and finance minister, got just 3% of the vote in 2009 against karzai. he said this election presented a choice for the taliban, too: >> they are going to deal with a genuinely elected government that is keen to establish its links with the public, that represents the will of the public and they need to make a choice; are they afghans or agents of foreigners? >> warner: the third leading candidate is one-time karzai ally dr. abdullah abdullah; he served as foreign minister after the ouster of the taliban. >> ( translated ): today's event can be the beginning of the democratic process in the history of afghanistan and one step ahead toward a better future. >> warner: abdullah got nearly 30% against karzai in 2009 in an election marred by fraud, ballot-box stuffing and official corruption; by some accounts, more than a million
one of those candidates. it's not a quick process. president hamid karzai was one of the first to vote. this election bring to an end his 12 years of rule since the taliban was forced out of power in 2001. >> translation: i cast my vote as a citizen of this country, i'm glad and proud that i voted. i'm ascertain voting will take afghanistan towards stability and better lives for the people. >> kabul was locked down, it mobilized 400,000 security personal. it helped to bring the number of attacks below the daily average. ballot counting started as polls closed. there are allegations of fraud made that will test the independence of the election commission. >> i'm not confident that the complaint would be handled fairly. we don't know how the elections commission and the complaints commission will act during the - the past experiences that we had with the two commissions have not been desirable. this time around it remains to be seen whether they will act in favour of one of the can't da.s >> the commission is not expect to announce preliminary results for four to five days. this was neve
didn't vote for because they either did not like karzai or they were distressed because of the state of the country. in kandahar, whole lines of people. last time it was an empty city, no one went out. there are some great movements there and it's very exciting. >> you contributed to what? >> 12 years of the karzai era is over. was somethingit to think about. they're very worried about what happens beyond 2014, the withdrawal of western troop. they really want to have someone -- >> someone that will stop the taliban and. talk to me inside the palace about how concerned they were that karzai had not had a security agreement with the states. tacklent someone to help which they see as the real culprit. >> and so do you. we will get to that in a moment. tell me about the afghan people. long? did i stay so it is because of the afghan people. they are incredibly warm and tough. they are amazingly hospitable. otherworldly in that they have had an ancient civilization still intact, traditions still intact. they have a very tribal system, a very religious system. they're very conservative .us
't like karzai or they were distressed at the state of country. whole lines of people lining up to go which i was there for the last elecx'n. it was empty city. nobody went out. so some great movements there and very exciting. >> rose: you attribute it to what. >> the fact they're voting for someone new now. the karzai era of 12 years of president karzai is finished and they had someone new and that was something to think about it. a lot of young people were debating on the streets and on tv. i think also they're very worried about what happens beyond 2014 with the withdrawal of western troops. and so they wanted to choose someone and they really want to have someone who takes them forward. >> rose: someone to stop the taliban or negotiate. >> to keep good relations with the west. a lot of people talked to me even inside the palace people talked to me in terms of karzai had not signed a security agreement with the states. then they want someone to help them tackle pakistan which they see is the real culprit. >> rose: and so do you. we'll get to that in a moment. tell me about the a
this happening again. >> afghanistan's president hamid karzai urged people to vote in saturday's election, despite a severe security threat. the participation is the greatest response against those who believe in violence. the taliban is warning people to stay away. one in 10 polling stations are expected to be closed. >> foreign minister is a leading candidate favoured by the president hamid karzai. jane ferguson went to meet him. even those hoping to run the country can't travel its roads. this presidential candidate's hypo lands at a spot which is a 2-hour drive from the capital, a journey considered too dangerous for him. previously foreign minister was seen as hamid karzai's chosen successor. the support could come with a legacy of corruption linked to this government. >> the hamid karzai government will be very well-known for a long time for horrendous levels of corruption. you were part of that government. what would you do differently? >> i think first of all i have not been involved in anticorruption issues. i repeat myself, that the fact that i have been involved, i know it's ha
turning up at polling stations. it will be the first democratic transfer of power. hamid karzai has been in power for the past 12 years, but is barred by afghan law of running for a third term. eight candidates are competing to replace them. including abdullah abdullah, but lost to hamid karzai in 2009. another is ghani, a warmer world bank official and afghan finance minister. he contested the vote in 2009. and a previously serving foreign minister, one of hamid karzai's closest allies. >> let's cross to our correspondent bernard smith, in kabul for us. how is the day shaping up? >> well, despite the cold, rainy damp weather, there is a significant turn out to vote as far as we under. we have been around - my colleagues have been around looking at polling stations. lots of people turning out to vote. the weather is better. $12 million, 12.5 million afghan residents to vote. this is the first time in the history informant 5,000-year history of the country that there'll be a democratic transfer of power. many afghans, despite the threat from the taliban are keen to take part. i'm drawn by
president karzai. posted by the alliance in support of the afghan people, this is one hour. >> thank you so much. thank you for coming here and those of you who may be online. to very happy to be here discuss this upcoming election in four days time in afghanistan. be election day in afghanistan. with thee seeing impressions we have and the news out of afghanistan is that there is mounting enthusiasm in the population, across the board, not just in one area or another. even in the south and eastern parts of the country. much more enthusiasm than fear or trepidation. the election process overall, by attacking soft targets mostly. the reaction of the afghan people overall through afghanistan, there are many of those these days, is one of the science which to me is a very positive sign to see the afghan people give a very strong message to the taliban. in what peoplepe are saying about the election process. they are forward to change. they are looking forward to better governance. they're looking forward to more rule of law. they're looking forward to a more unified government that couldn't de
with the west van karzai -- van karzai. --than karzai. guest: he had been the king of afghanistan's personal physician. the third is well-known here. he's to work in washington for the world bank. he was the finance minister and moved back after the fall of the taliban. they are all familiar with the west. even visitors like myself have had the chance to get to know all three of them. that part is promising. they all want american forces to stay. they know they need help. they are less caught up in some of the back-and-forth that president karzai has had with the obama white house. they're going to have their challenges. on balance, it is a promising top three. host: cnn is reporting a very heavy security presence. despite the threat by the taliban, that did not deter people from voting. the fingers were dipped in purple ink. we did see some of the violence with the death of the photographer that was killed on friday. guest: there have been some high-profile assassinations in the weeks. they figured out that al qaeda did not get support when they bombed schools. of the taliban has gone after
: what is your judge on hamid karzai. >> well, he squandered a lot of opportunities for his country for afghanistan, he has ruined a lot of good relationships like your country, i think history will probably judge him, will be a lot kinder to him because he will be seen as a person who over saw, you know, a decade of development, a decade of change, i mean, in absolute terms the country has changed dramatically since 2001 but for people like us, i mean who have, you know, we are privy to so much more he could have made, he could have made a huge difference to the country's economy, to its structure, to its infrastructure, and those are opportunities were squandered, having said that and he will get credit for the smooth transition, the smooth political transition, he left on time and difficult not take sides, he has been fairly fairly neutral. >> rose: what candidate he favored. >> i think he helped every candidate and sort of was very inclusive. >> rose: and what is his future in afghan politics? >> i think he wants to, you know, it is difficult to walk away from power i think he w
, and they -- the conclusion i reached was the biggest enabler of the taliban was the karzai government for reasons we just heard. the corruption -- >> so do you have much optimism going forward after mr. karzai leaves office? >> you know, i -- the question is whether or not mr. karzai will still do what putin did in russia and rule by surrogate, and i think that's a big question. probably better asked at another time, but i -- i think -- to be honest with you i think afghanistan in the future is going to look an awful lot like china in the 1930s before mou showed up, the government controlling the cities and major urban areas, war lords in the northwest >> at each others throats -- >> yes, and making money and doing what war lords do. and then along what is called the duran line that separates the [ inaudible ] from the pakistani and afghan pastoon is going to be a disputed area between the government and the taliban. i don't think the taliban is capable of taking over the country, but i don't think the government is capable of eliminating them. >> i would like you to talk for a minute about the compositi
to support president karzai. >> what happens in their offices? and with the view not just to telling interesting stories but understanding their style of governance. and how they integrate their informal ties which are linked to things people might call corruption, with their formal position. >> they're offices, which they have multiple, the palaces they have, and when you meet with them, they have two quite different styles. superficially they're similar, very ornate palaces. and it's really an experience, as if you're going back in time. you're essentially entering a kind of port in which -- >> which is depicted on the cover of your book, which you might hold up for the camera there. >> guest: this covers -- because it's a courtly scene from times in india, it's very -- it's quite amazing how similar my experience was in meeting them to this kind of scene. so you get an audience in which you're sort of waiting with a number of other people. people who are -- tribal elders who have come from the district, business people, journalists, and these are basically people who have come to
told, 11 candidates are running to succeed president hamid karzai, who is barred from a third term by afghan law. the three most prominent are: former finance minister ashraf ghani, and former foreign ministers abdullah abdullah and zalmai rassoul, widely reported to be karzai's favorite. many afghans say they are eager to have their say, with stability, prosperity and security uppermost in their minds. >> ( translated ): people in general are worried about the security situation but the upcoming election is a positive move towards changing our destiny, i hope everyone will participate in the election. >> sreenivasan: if successful, the election will mark the first democratic transition of power in the country's history. karzai has served since december of 2001, but his re-election to a second term was marred by allegations of extensive fraud. in addition, he's been criticized for an unwillingness to tackle corruption. karzai also refuses to sign a bilateral security agreement allowing some u.s. troops to remain in afghanistan. otherwise, all foreign forces will leave by year's end
afghan prison karzai has cast his vote in kabul karzai is constitutionally barred from running for third consecutive five year term. but he urged all afghan voters to take part in the election the election marks the nation's fourth democratic transfer of power or through the ballot box altogether around twelve million voters all eligible to cast their ballots. apple was six thousand polling centers. there are the contenders in the race opinion polls showed three candidates are frontrunners the trouble of dylan at the leading opposition figure in the country and the runner up in the two thousand and nine polls. i shrug on e cummings i is a form of finance minister and former world bank official who gone about twenty percent of them in two thousand and to my russell is an afghan politician who served as foreign minister of afghanistan from january of two thousand to june to october of twenty thirty around three hundred fifty thousand police on me in special forces units had been deployed to protect polling stations and voters as taliban militants ballot to derail the elections polling stat
. >>> millions of afghans cast their ballots to do to choose a successor to karzai. it will be the first ever democratic transfer of power. despite rain and threats of violence from the taliban, turnout in some parts of the country was so high, polling centers were kept open an extra hour. there was no major violence reported. official results are not expected for another week or two. if no candidate gets a majority, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers next month. we'll have more after the news summary. >>> a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the obama administration, brought by the families of three americans killed by u.s. drone strikes in yemen. one of those killed, anwar al al awlaki, was targeted in september, 2011, after the u.s. concluded he was a terrorist leader. u.s. officials said the other two were killed by mistake. judge rosemary collier, who issued the ruling said, quoting now, in this delicate area of war-making, national security and foreign relations, the judiciary has an exceedingly limited role. for the first time in nearly 30 years, american a
, as people decided to go to the polls to pick hamid karzai's successor. not as many protests as folks predicted. and and i want to set the course for the future of u.s.-afghan relations. early estimates put the number at 7 million, nearly 60%, pretty healthy turnout in any democracy. compared to just 4.5 million, for instance, who voted in the last presidential election in 2009. turnout was so high that officials were forced to extend voting for an extra hour. send more ballots to polling stations. they thought had run out. >> i was impressed. i was moved, personally, as a democrat, coming here on invitation of the afghan authorities to observe these elections, to make an assessment of it, to evaluate them. so i found it an impressive day, and a victory against all those who wanted to mar these elections by violence. >> to secure the election, the afghan government mobilized its entire military and police force. and that number is about 350,000. scattered small-scale roadside bombings and minor attacks were reported nationwide. folks, there were no major incidents, which that in itsel
. in 2009 president hamid karzai was a candidate for reelection, and he was the one who appointed the independent election commission. and they were the people who either committed the fraud or collaborated with those who committed with the fraud, massive fraud, a third of karzai's votes were bogus, but at that time there was an independent body, which could then investigate the fraud and that's one of the ways it was documented. this time, karzai has not only appointed the independent election commission. he has also appointed the electoral complaints commission. and it's not as many he is neutral in this race. he definitely doesn't want one of the front runners to win. and he has a preference for the former foreign minister. >> let's talk about the con tenders. this man polled second in the 2009 election, at another former former minister, and a form afghan finance minister. and you spoke to him today. what did he tell you about the run up to the election and whether he expects the election to come off successfully? >> he actually was very optimistic. he said there had been very
one of those candidates. it's not a quick process >> reporter: president hamid karzai was one of the first to vote. this election brings to an end his 12 years of rule since the taliban was forced out of pour in 2001. >> translator: i cast my vote as a citizens of this country. i am so glad and proud that i voted today. i am certain today's event and our people's participation will take afghanistan towards stability and better lives for people. >> kabul was locked down as part of unprecedented nationwide security operation that mobilized 400,000 security personnel. >>> running mate for vice president is a woman. he is unmarried which is kind of unusual for a politician in afghanistan. abdullah abdullah ran in 2009 for president. he finished a sdabt second to karzai. he is a former eye doctor. he served as afghanistan's foreign minister. let's talk about this man, rasul. he is the one considered to be most like hamid karzai. jane ferguson takes a look at what his victory could mean >> reporter: those hoping to run this country can't travel its roads. this presidential candidat
and worked for the world bank for a decade. then there's zalmai rassoul, the top pick of hamid karzai. his running mate is a woman. and abdullah abdullah, karzai's former minister, but ran against him and lost. joining us to discuss this is a senior staff writer at al jazeera. he has years of experience covering afghanistan, and sara nice, with the international rescue committee. they are on set with us. a lot of people are looking to this election in afghanistan, claiming a victory, patting themselves on the back. there's not a lot of violence. is this a huge step forward for democracy in afghanistan? >> we have been working with afghan community for 30 years. the fear is that there has been elections, military and international forces are drawing down, maybe it's time to wash our hands of afghanistan. >> that is the thought, and they look at the election as maybe it is time to pull away. >> there are massive needs in the country. the u.s. government spent 1.6 trillion for the war effort. 0.025% could provide urgent life-saving needs for all of the people with urgent needs this year. it's
have been killed in eastern afghanistan ahead of presidential elections on saturday, president karzai is encouraging people not to be intimated by the rising violence, taliban meanwhile wants afghanistans to stay away from the vote, 1-10 polling stations is expected to be closed. former minister is one of the leading candidates. he is favored by the current president karzai and jane ferguson went to meet him. ♪ even those hoping to roam this country can't travel its roads. this presidential candidate's help helicopter lands two hour drive from the capitol, a journey considered too dangerous for him. previously foreign minister he is seen as president karzai's chosen successor and that support however could also come with a legacy of corruption linked to this government. the karzai government has -- will be very well-known for a long time for levels of corruption and you were a part of that government, what will you do differently? >> i'm not involved in corruption issues and the fact i have been involved i know what is happening. i know which kind of thing we should do to correct t
to replace hamid karzai. representing the first democratic transfer of power in the country since 2001 when coalition forces ousted the taliban. in the decade since the u.s. invested money, mann power and sacrificed more than 2,000 lives, helping to build the foundation for a new way to govern. while the election brings hope. it brings concerns, rumours of voter fraud and election rigging that plagued afghan politics. every surface along with the taliban carrying out high-profile attacks in the hopes of scaring away voters from the polls and undermining the election. it highlights concerns about security to keep u.s. forces past year's end. could corruption and violence doom afghanistan's young democracy, undo the progress made with u.s. investment and create national security concerns. helping to shape the conversation we are joined by a former advisor to afghan president hamid karzai, and the author of" walking in the footsteps of lions," and tony schafer who served two combat tours in afghanistan and awarded the bronze star, and david, a defense department official on afghanistan and pak
will see president hamid karzai step down after over a decade in power. >> it's the talk of the town am a behind the opec windows of the black diamond beauty parlor, saturday's election is on everyone's lips. >> it's everyone's responsibility to cast their ballot. these candidates look good to me. but let's see what will happen. >> the next president should be smart, should have a good brain, and should respect women. with hamid karzai constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office, eight candidates are in the running to become afghanistan's next president. time finance minister and two democrats are considered the front-runners. officials have issued voter cuts to two thirds of the population. campaign rallies have attracted tens of thousands of afghans. talk amongstots of ordinary people about who is going to win. there has been huge media coverage. >> security is a prime concern for organizers. the taliban has stepped up attacks over the last few weeks. steered clear of disrupting the campaign. rallyacking an election the have chosen not to do. they realized that killing
in afghanistan to the polls on saturday to choose a successor to present hamad karzai. i try to knock someone in bangkok is falling the story. neocons have the election will be at ten point seven one ravaged country. don t be skeptical it will be real that some of his awesome day to get to come on that's the message of the current and is the day before the election has highlighted the dangers. mine is for president including former foreign minister ought to not do that he was karzai's main challenger five years ago former finance minister ashraf khan he is oh soo funny silly. i have the outgoing president another former foreign minister sony weasel out of boxes and that it could be dispatched to polling stations across the country security is being times internet threats from the un to attack anyone who takes on its cause i was banned from seeking a third time under the constitution of the state equal to or choose to resist intimidation. another daring act of violence to place on friday and had to jet is whacking the associated press was killed. the congress of the wounded while they were fis
into some details. thehe current elections, first thing we have to keep in mind is that president karzai will play an integral role in success and failure of elections. he will also play an integral role in who will win the results of the elections. if he puts his weight behind a particular candidate. the second thing is that this election is not about a person. because we do not have an outright favorite. it is mainly about the teams. in afghanistan, evan the same -- in afghanistan, ethnicity plays a role in politics and elections. -- according to the constitution, we have a president and the president has two vice presidents. the first vice president, second vice president. the teams have shaped up in a way that covers, to a large , the major ethnic groups. but because we have four major ethnic groups, every team cannot be complete it will leave out at least one. rolecity plays a prominent in the elections. continuing on the role of ethnicity, the votes of the three big ethnic groups -- hazaras --ajiks, and will be divided. many candidates represent the ethnic groups on different ticke
balls. [laughter] ballettes. estricles. it's great it went well but they are going to elect hamid karzai karzai's guy. >> ghani is believed to be father back limiting karzai's influence going forward. >> jon: he's going to be so mad. i don't even want to think about the cat he is going to ♪ ♪ ♪ your current deviled eggs, they got enough devil? the one-of-a-kind, creamy blend of sweet and tangy. miracle whip and proud of it. it's like jasper here. strong. sturdy. but not too sweet. [ male announcer ] built from apples. built to refresh. smith & forge hard cider. made strong. [cheers and applause] >> jon: welcome back. my guest tonight a beth selling author. his new book is called the division. american injustice in the age of wealth gap. please welcome back to the program matt taibbi. young man, come sit, enjoy. thank you for being here. >> thank you four having me. >> jon: this book is excellent. it's fascinating to me. >> if you say so. >> jon: have you read it? you should read it. it's quite good. a beautiful picture on it. should read it. we talk about the wealth gap and people
. estricles. it's great it went well but they are going to elect hamid karzai karzai's guy. >> ghani is believed to be father back limiting karzai's influence going forward. >> jon: he's going to be so mad. i don't even want to think about mad. i dojolly rancher andthink about twizzlers bites are so soft, chewy, and filled with their fruity selves... they think this world isn't big enough for the both of them. but we assure you - it is. bites. little greatness. perfectly bite-sized drops of rich and creamy chocolate happiness. when the chocolate is hershey's, life is delicious. [cheers and applause] >> jon: welcome back. my guest tonight a beth selling author. his new book is called the division. american injustice in the age of wealth gap. please welcome back to the program matt taibbi. young man, come sit, enjoy. thank you for being here. >> thank you four having me. >> jon: this book is excellent. it's fascinating to me. >> if you say so. >> jon: have you read it? you should read it. it's quite good. a beautiful picture on it. should read it. we talk about the wealth gap and peopl
. eight candidates were on the ballot, hoping to take over from outgoing president hamid karzai. he has been in 2001. >> vote counting is underway and election workers are busy. that was contrary to analyst protections. some polling centers stayed open longer because so many people were still in line. millions of afghans to find the threats of terrorist attacks. eager to do their part in choosing the next president. and men voted separately, everyone turning out expressed their longing for a democratic and secure afghanistan. i voted to guarantee the future of my country. the ballot box is a way to build our nation and show participation in these elections. we have come here to vote for an honest president who will work for this country. we are not frightened of anyone. >> outgoing president hamid karzai is not's nash said he was satisfied with the polls. >> despite the cold and rainy weather and threats of terrorist attacks, our sisters and brothers nationwide took part. your participation is a step forward and a success for afghanistan. three candidates are considered to have a good c
karzai's victory was considered a foregone conclusion. now that he cannot run again, many afghans feel their vote could count. >> we want reconciliation in our country. we want a government that fights injustice. and i want everyone to vote. then, there can be no fraud. >> but democracy is weak in afghanistan. this human rights commission is forced to hide behind thick walls. it takes half an hour of security checks to get to the office of the election monitor. she sees the long lines as a good sign. >> they are ready to take risk in order to make the democracy a reality in this country. of course, it is still a very long way to go. but i think it is a good sign. >> most afghans want peace and think the government is corrupt. that is how candidate ashraf g hani sees it, although he was a former employee of the world bank. he thinks reconciliation with the taliban could succeed. >> this is a durable peace. if it is rejected, they will be responsible. >> abdullah abdullah was runner-up in the last presidential election. he wants international troops to stay in the country. abdulla says -
to replace hamid karzai. two respected journalists working for the associated press news agency. one anja needinghouse was killed instantly. her reporter was seriously injured but stable in hospital. they were e traveling with election observers. 12 million people out of more than 30 million can vote in art's election. in the lead up to this week general, many risk their own safety to attend centers to apply pore a voters registration card. 350,000 afghan soldiers and police will secure the venues right across afghanistan. there are now eight candidates to choose from. the current president, hamid karzai is unable to stand for this election. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet is in kabul. >> reporter: there's been a wave of deadly taliban attacks mostly here in kabul in the days leading up to the poles that are set to take place tomorrow in afghanistan. we understood they would be targeting polling stations and security forces. but today has come this name that two foreign journalists has been shot and one deed. we will report on the mood of the country in just a moment. fi
to choose one candidate so it's not a quick protest. president hamid karzai was the person to vote. it brings to an end 12 years of rule since the taliban came into power. >> i cast my vote, i'm glad and proud that i voted. i'm certain the event and our people's participation would take afghanistan towards stability and better lives for the people. >> kabul was locked down as part of an unprecedented security operation that mobilized 4-00,000 security personnel, bricking the numbers of attacks below the hevering in afghanistan. -- average in afghanistan. >> ballot counting started. there are allegations of fraud made already, testing the undepends of the election commission. >> i am not very confident that the complaints would be handled fairly, because we don't know how the elections commission and the complaints commission will act during the - the past experiences that we had with the two commissions have not been desirable. this time around it remains to be seen whether they will act sin seriously or act in -- sincerely or in favour of one of the candidates. >> the commission i
for a target. >> kabul, afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai is currently refusing to sign a treaty that would leave a small nato force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign soldiers will leave by the end of this year. in secret, karzai has been negotiating with the taliban, in order to avoid a full-blown civil war. since 2005, the taliban has clawed back territory. they now dominate large parts of the country. >> but approximately only one hour's drive from here, right over behind the mountain there, is logar. and in logar there's still a war going on. >> i wanted to see what the war looked like from the other side - in the charkh district of logar province - a region which has seen violent clashes in recent years. through trusted sources, we contacted the taliban there. i hoped it would offer a rare glimpse inside the insurgency. we were told we would get a phone call in a few days. >> "i'm on my way to see what the taliban are up against. i'm going to visit a training center for the afghan national army" >> while the afghan national army is around 200,000 strong, it's r
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